I don’t know what it is, but I’m just smitten with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I started trying to hand letter the title again. There’s just something about this book that makes me fall head-over-heels for it. I honestly was going to work on my Snackadoodle animation and start refining my script for my Untitled second animation. I picked up The Raven Boys book again for a little research for an art project, instead I found myself rereading it. Just drinking up the words.
I’ve been trying to make a coherent paragraph on this book, but I just can’t seem to express these feelings I have. I feel drunk on the pages and like I’m eating chocolate at the same time. It’s just such a strange thing to describe the power this book has over my creativity. I’ve been sitting on so many ideas for creating, and yet I haven’t done them. WHY HAVEN’T I MADE FANART? This is me being uncomprehending of this blasphemy. I don’t think I’ve been this excited to make something since Hannibal. And I created a whole brand for that TV show just because I could. Logo, patterns, and a whole lot of silhouettes.
Just tripping over my thoughts today.
So making this relevant to storytelling with a quick synopsis and a short spoiler-free review.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is about Blue Sargent. She comes from a family of fortune tellers, and everyone has some kind of prediction ability except for Blue. Her family has told her for as long as she can remember that she will kill her true love. The story centers around her coming of age and meeting a group of boys that attend the all boys school, Aglionby Academy. They are known as Raven Boys. One of the boys in this group is supposedly her true love. There more to the story, but I don’t want to give anymore away if you want to read the book, which I suggest you do.
I thought it was a rich narrative with a voice I haven’t really encountered. I don’t know if I just haven’t read books with Stiefvater’s style of writing or if she’s just very unique in her own style, but I really love the way she structures this story. The narrative is well done and pacing is great. There’s a ton of world building and a great sense of detail that makes the world seem real.
The characters and how they are depicted in this narrative is a little hyperbolic, but still rooted in real emotions and life. This makes the characters feel very real and full of layers. It is a fantasy book, but there is a nice realistic feeling that contrasts all of that. Example is that Blue’s family deals in predictions, but at the same time it’s set in a modern type setting. So there’s magic but there’s also cars and they still go to school (unlike some high school TV dramas, looking at you Pretty Little Liars). It creates this picture of what we think of fortune tellers to be by making it feel modern with very sceptical and vague predictions. On the other hand you have very mystical scenes that happen in the book which are described in a realistic tone. It reminds me of that feeling where you turn in a test and you’re just so sure you failed. Absolutely positively failed that. And then you get your test back, and somehow you passed and got a high grade. So it’s that feeling of knowing you did well, but you’re not at all sure how you pulled off this miracle test grade. I guess that’s the closest feeling I can think of to describing the way Stiefvater wrote this book.
The plot develops quickly and goes in unique directions. I can’t say a lot without spoilers, but I really enjoyed the twists near the middle and end of the book. I could say more, but I want to leave some excitement for my creative projects I plan on making. There’s just so many things in this story that make me want to wildly create fanart. I forgot how powerful the story was for a little while there. I’ve been wrapped up in other stories and thinking about my projects, so, when I just started skimming and then rereading it just made me remember how much I loved the book.
5/5 Stars because I’m still drooling over it.